Speakers

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Jared Zeff, ND

Owner’s Manual to Lifelong Wellness

Jared Zeff, ND The opening keynote lecture will draw on decades of experience in a primary care practice, exploring the clinical foundations of successful treatment protocols and ways to employ naturopathic medicine to a broad patient base.

Jared Zeff is a licensed doctor of naturopathic medicine and a licensed acupuncturist. In addition to maintaining a private practice in Vancouver, Washington, Dr. Zeff currently teaches naturopathic clinical theory at Bastyr University.

After receiving a BSc degree from the University of California in 1974, Dr. Zeff graduated from National College in 1979. He pursued a dual career in clinical practice and academics, teaching at National College in Portland. He graduated from the Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in 1987. He has taught at National, Bastyr, St. George’s College of Medicine in Grenada, the Emperors College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, and the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. He was awarded the first full professorship in naturopathic medicine ever granted by National College in 1988. He was offered the position of Academic Dean at National College in 1988, which he held until 1993, when he returned to full-time practice.

Molly Niedermeyer, ND, LM

An ND’s Journey with Breast Cancer: My Cups are Half Full

Molly Niedermeyer, ND, LM This lecture will draw from both Dr. Niedermeyer’s personal experience with breast cancer, as well as her in-clinic protocols. Topics covered will include diagnostic testing, hormonal imbalance, endocrine disruptors, and the clinical tools used successfully both personally and with patients.

In addition to her private practice, she has served her community in a variety of capacities. From 1985-1991, she was a distinguished faculty member at Bastyr, serving as Dean of Naturopathic Medicine and Chair of the Midwifery Department. From 1987-1993, she was on the Board of the Midwives Association of Washington State (MAWS), and has served as Treasurer to the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians (WANP). She continues to teach as a guest instructor at Bastyr, and publicly lectures and write articles. Dr. Molly Niedermeyer was recently honored as one of Seattle’s “Top Doctors” in Seattle Met Magazine, and has been featured on “The Naturopathic Perspective,” a Bastyr produced television production.

Alexander Goumeniouk, MD, FRCP

Pharmacologic and Non-Pharmacologic Interventions in Primary Care

Alexander Goumeniouk, MD, FRCP This talk, intended to be highly interactive, will address issues which are long-standing, frequently present to primary care and are incompletely dealt with.

Strategies addressed will be those dealing with such things as pain, insomnia, anxiety and depression; all of which are highly interrelated and amenable to treatment. As the speaker is a Clinical Professor Emeritus of Anaesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics as well as a consultant psychiatrist, he also has a keen interest in such things as herbal medicine and practices with a holistic approach. Minimal data will be given on adolescent issues (insofar as minimal data exists) however plenty of time will be left for questions and answers in this area.

Dr. Goumeniouk spent 17 years in university and postgraduate medical training, earning 5 degrees. He has served both as a Professor of Pharmacology and as a clinical psychiatrist for 25 years. During that time he has been the founding medical director of three residential treatment centers for eating disorders and drug and alcohol addiction. His current position is Clinical Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of British Columbia. He has taught there for 23 years and received 11 teaching awards during his career. These include the Killam Faculty-wide teaching prize in 1995.

Jonathan V Wright, MD

Andro-Dwindle: Natural Strategies for Andropause
Perspectives on Women’s Health & BHRT
Thyroid: Treatment of rT3, TSH & Hyperthyroidism

Jonathan V Wright, MD Dr. Jonathan Wright, a graduate from Harvard and the University of Michigan, is medical director of the Tahoma Clinic in Renton, Washington, where he runs an integrated practice with MDs, NDs and other health practitioners. He was the first to develop and introduce the use of comprehensive patterns of bio-identical hormones (including estrogens, progesterone, DHEA and testosterone) in 1982 and (at Meridian Valley Laboratory) directed the development of tests to ensure their safe use. He teaches use and laboratory monitoring of bio-identical hormones at several seminars each year.

He originated successful natural treatment for elimination of childhood asthma, developed treatment to stop vision loss or improve vision in the majority of individuals with “dry” macular degeneration, was the first to use aldosterone to reverse age-related hearing loss, discovered the effect of iodine on estrogen metabolism and cobalt on steroid detoxification, popularized the use of D-mannose treatment for E. coli urinary tract infection, developed effective natural treatment for seborrheic dermatitis, allergic and viral conjunctivitis, and Osgood-Schlatter’s disease. In 2013, he resurrected forgotten research and treatment protocols for the application of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) to treat severe neurological problems.

Helen L Irlen, MA

How the Environment Can Affect Brain Functioning, Health and Well-Being

Helen L Irlen, MA Helen L. Irlen is a pioneer and global leader in the area of visual processing problems and an internationally recognized educator, researcher, and scholar. Ms. Irlen has been in the field of education for over 40 years. Her background includes School Psychologist, Licensed Child and Family Therapist, Educational Therapist, Board Certified Professional Counselor, Board Certified PTSD Counselor, and Adult Learning Disabilities Specialist. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Irlen Institute, which has over 138 affiliated Irlen Centers worldwide; and over 7,000 educators have been trained to become certified Irlen screeners. Her method for treating visual processing deficits is used in 44 countries.

She is the author of Reading by the Colors, The Irlen Revolution: A Guide to Changing Your Perception and Your Life, How a Simple Method Can Change the Lives of Children and Adults with LD, AD/HD, TBI, Dyslexia, Autism, Headaches, Medical Conditions, and Much More. Her newest book is Sports Concussions and Getting Back in the Game...of Life. Her breakthrough, named after her, is called the Irlen Method and has been the subject of two segments of 60 Minutes, The Doctors Show, Good Morning America, 60 Minutes Australia, BBC News specials, ABC Worldwide News, NBC and ABC News, and numerous other TV shows, newspaper articles, magazine articles, and TV documentaries around the world.

Gurinder Dayal, ND

Advanced Transgenerational Prescribing — A Homeopathic Perspective in the Treatment of the New Epidemics

Gurinder Dayal, ND Dr. Gurinder Dayal is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is a current member of the CNPBC, BCNA and CAND. He also has an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University.

Dr. Dayal practices in North Vancouver; he is a certified lecturer for the International Academy of Homotoxicology. He has attended speaker’s training sessions across North America and Europe and lectured extensively for Heel in Canada from 2004 until Heel’s departure from North America. Dr. Dayal was also a supervisor and is currently a guest lecturer at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. His highly successful approach to patient care focuses on all aspects of an individual to find where disharmony lies. This includes not just the physical symptoms but also the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of a patient’s health.

The melding of the ancient traditions and new approaches in naturopathic medicine have helped Dr. Dayal to see lasting results in his patients with a numerous conditions. Dr. Dayal’s extensive practical experience and training include: clinical nutrition, classical and complex homeopathy (homotoxicology and biotherapeutic drainage), biological medicine (isopathic medicine), botanical medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and various injection therapies including neural therapy, neural prolotherapy and biopuncture.

Robert Rountree, MD

Nutritional Solutions for the Emerging Epidemic of Fatty Liver

Robert Rountree, MD Chief Medical Officer for Thorne Research, Robert Rountree, MD, was named the recipient of the Linus Pauling Award at the Institute for Functional Medicine’s 2015 annual international conference. This award is a testament to the significant contributions Dr. Rountree has made to the field of Functional Medicine.  In combination with his private practice, his contributions to Thorne Research, and his educational lecturing around the world, Dr. Rountree continues to influence the way health-care practitioners and patients approach preventative medicine.

Dr. Rountree received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill in 1980. He subsequently completed a three-year residency in family and community medicine at the Milton S Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, after which he was certified by the American Board of Family Practice. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine. He has augmented his training with extensive postgraduate studies in nutritional and herbal pharmacology along with certification as a master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Dr. Rountree has provided his unique combination of traditional family medicine, nutrition, herbology, and mind-body therapy in Boulder, since 1983. He has recently opened Boulder Wellcare, a private practice specializing in individual healthcare consulting. He is coauthor of three books on Integrative Medicine, Immunotics: A Revolutionary Way to Fight Infection, Beat Chronic Illness and Stay Well (Putnam, 2000), Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child (Avery Publishing, 1994), and A Parent's Guide to Medical Emergencies (Avery, 1997).

Zensho Gabriel

A Cutting-Edge Breakthrough: Take Your Practice to a New Level with Fast & Permanent Relief from Traumatic Memories

Zensho Gabriel This psychological breakthrough, the Trauma Freedom Formula (TFF), can be a unique and welcome new modality to serve your patients. The TFF quickly and permanently switches off the emotional pain and mental anguish of negative and traumatic memories. Patients often experience tremendous surprise, delight, and at times even tears of joy or liberating laughter, at finally being free of the pain of those memories. They are deeply grateful for being guided in this profound change. A session takes anywhere from 50 to 90 minutes. TFF training also includes certification in the Being Now Mastery Techniques. When you guide your patients in these awareness techniques, they can have an immediate, tangible experience of relief from stress, tension, anxiety, the busy mind, and even physical discomfort and emotional pain. They typically report feelings of calm, peace, a quiet mind, expanded consciousness, spaciousness, freedom, freshness, vitality, increased energy and more.

Zensho Gabriel is the author of the forthcoming book: The Awareness Switch: Mastering the Art of Awakening. He is the originator of the Awakened Being Process, the Trauma Freedom Formula and Being Now Mastery. He has been in clinical practice as a Transformational Coach and Awakening Consultant since 1985 and as an International Seminar Leader since 1987.

Patrick Callas, ND

A Cutting-Edge Breakthrough: Take Your Practice to a New Level with Fast & Permanent Relief from Traumatic Memories

Patrick Callas, ND This psychological breakthrough, the Trauma Freedom Formula (TFF), can be a unique and welcome new modality to serve your patients. The TFF quickly and permanently switches off the emotional pain and mental anguish of negative and traumatic memories. Patients often experience tremendous surprise, delight, and at times even tears of joy or liberating laughter, at finally being free of the pain of those memories. They are deeply grateful for being guided in this profound change. A session takes anywhere from 50 to 90 minutes. TFF training also includes certification in the Being Now Mastery Techniques. When you guide your patients in these awareness techniques, they can have an immediate, tangible experience of relief from stress, tension, anxiety, the busy mind, and even physical discomfort and emotional pain. They typically report feelings of calm, peace, a quiet mind, expanded consciousness, spaciousness, freedom, freshness, vitality, increased energy and more.

Patrick Callas, ND, is founder of Island Natural Health Naturopathic Clinic on Salt Spring Island, BC. He graduated from BINM and has been a licensed naturopathic doctor since October 2012. Patrick is a member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP) and International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS).

Nigel Plummer, PhD

Epigenetics and the Microbiome: A Critical Evaluation, from Neonatal Allergy to Alzheimer’s

Nigel Plummer, PhD This intensive will provide a brief exploration of the characteristics, structure, role, and diversity of the human microbiome as well as evidence of how it becomes a key driver to our health status in the period following birth and continues as a critical contributor to our health throughout the rest of our lives.

Nigel Plummer, PhD, has his doctorate in microbial physiology and has worked at Pfizer in antibiotic research and development. His research on the use of normal flora in the prevention and treatment of genito-urinary candidiasis has won him numerous awards. Dr. Plummer continues his solid commitment to research throughout his career in collaboration with research institutes and universities within the UK and Europe, developing an extensive knowledge specializing in probiotics, natural antimicrobials and fish oils. Dr. Plummer lectures extensively in North America and the UK/Europe and has developed an interest in the concept of fetal disease programming, the controlling factors involved and the potential to influence programmed events as a means of prevention of chronic disease development.

Clare Westmacott, MD

How I Use Diagnostic Testing Clinically in an Integrated Physiologic Practice

Clare Westmacott, MD This lecture will draw on years of experience in primary care, reviewing commonly ordered diagnostic tests and discussing their clinical utility in depth.

Dr. Westmacott graduated as an MD from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario in 1973. He then obtained his Specialty Certification in Family Medicine in 1977. He ran a very large family practice in Ontario for 23 years. Besides a full time office, Dr. Westmacott looked after his own hospital patients, worked in the emergency department, delivered babies, did house calls and had patients in five nursing homes. Dr. Westmacott also was the Medical Director of Home Care for his county from 1984-1993 and was President of the Ontario Home Care Medical Advisor’s Association from 1988-1993.

Presently, Dr. Westmacott and his wife Carole, an RN, run an integrated approach to patient care. This includes physiological investigations and assessments, lifestyle, stress management, inflammation treatment with homeopathic drainage, nutrition, appropriate supplements, bio-identical hormones and homeopathic counselling.

Jen Forristal, ND

The Umbrella Effect: Practical Tools for Improving Childhood Resilience and Well-Being in our Paediatric Patients

Jen Forristal, ND Well-being is a skill. In fact, we now recognize it is a collection of skills that can be taught to children and adults alike. It isn’t just autonomy, grit or mindfulness, each skill forms a piece of an umbrella of wellbeing that protects us from the rain of life, helps us find meaning in our experiences, and is highly predictive of future success.  

As doctors we are well positioned to play a role in helping our paediatric patients build these skills, improving their resilience, coping strategies, relationships and life satisfaction.  In  this seminar, Dr. Jen Forristal will review some effective practice based strategies that you can use to improve mental well-being in your paediatric patients and their families.  

Dr. Forristal, BSc, ND, is a naturopathic doctor specializing in paediatric mental health. She has worked extensively with schools, researchers and organizations, developing mental wellness strategies for families facing social, emotional and mental health challenges and those looking for optimal health and performance. She is the founder of The Umbrella Project, an innovative well-being curriculum, shifting the paradigm of mental health and empowering students to choose emotional well-being.

Jillian Stansbury, ND

Metabolism & Vitality in Aging Patients: A Botanical Medicine Perspective

Jillian Stansbury, ND Jillian Stansbury is a naturopathic doctor in Washington state. A graduate of National in 1988, she is a member of the AANP, Natural Doctors International and the American Herbalist’s Guild. She is also the Chair of the Botanical Medicine Department at National where she has taught for over two decades. She lectures widely throughout the USA on plant chemistry, botanical medicine, and integrative medicine. She also regularly conducts ethno-botanical tours across the Americas and in Asia.

Dr. Stansbury is the author of several books including Herbs for Health and Healing and The Complete Guide to Natural Medicine, and is a regular contributor to numerous magazines and professional journals, including Naturopathic Doctor News and Review, The Review of Natural Products, and Unified Energetics. She has served as a consultant and science editor for Rodale Press, Vegetarian Times, and Let’s Live and has conducted numerous radio and TV shows. Generally speaking at five or more medical conferences each year, Dr. Stansbury has authored and presented more than 100 scientific papers.

Alan R. Gaby, MD

Nutrition Update: Research and Pearls for Clinical Practice

Alan R. Gaby, MD This presentation will review and analyze recently publichsed, clinicially relevant research on the use of dietary modifications and nutritional supplements for the prevention and treatment of a wide range of health conditions.

Dr. Gaby is internationally recognized as an expert in nutritional therapy. He is past-president of the American Holistic Medical Association and gave expert testimony to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine on the cost-effectiveness of nutritional supplements. He has written numerous scientific papers in the field of nutritional medicine. Dr. Gaby is the author of the renowned textbook Nutritional Medicine, the second edition of which has recently been published.

Nicole Apelian, PhD

Sustainable Holistic Health and the Art of Deep Nature Connection

Nicole Apelian, PhD How do you cultivate personal sustainable holistic health both in you and in your patients? Dr. Nicole Apelian will discuss deeper levels of wellness—beyond the world of herbs, supplements, and diet. She will present strategies to help your patients with personal cultural repair, offering tangible ways to regain optimal health. Dr. Apelian used natural wellness and deep nature connection in her journey with multiple sclerosis, going from bed-ridden to living “Alone” in the wild for 57 days on Vancouver Island with little more than her knife and her wits.

Dr. Nicole Apelian is a scientist, mother, educator, researcher, expeditionary leader, safari guide, herbalist and traditional skills instructor. She holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology within the field of Sustainability Education, is an instructor and graduate advisor at Prescott College and is the co-founder and CEO of Eco Tours International, where she serves as a guide and an African ecotourism and ethnobotany consultant. A leader in the field of transformative nature education, Nicole is excited to share her knowledge and expertise of nature connection, indigenous knowledge, natural wellness and survival skills with the world. text

Mike Massé

Dr. Chris Turner Reception

Thanks to a mom and older sisters with excellent taste in music, Mike Massé was schooled from an early age on the essentials of rock: Beatles, Stones, Who, Clapton. He credits the Beatles with teaching him to sing and play guitar, as he studied their songs carefully in his teenage years. Mike has posted over 100 videos of acoustic covers of classic rock songs on YouTube, many of which were recorded live at the Pie. His channel boasts over 150,000 subscribers and over 50 million views. His acoustic cover of Toto’s “Africa” has over 7 million of those views. Most of those videos feature his friend and bassist, Jeff Hall (who happens to be a prosecutor), or Sterling Cottam, another long-time friend/collaborator and duo partner.